Grocery stores running low on bread, water, other necessities

Long lines at grocery stores and gas stations formed Wednesday in Putnam County, as residents prepare for Hurricane Matthew’s impact. 

“It is extremely busy,” said Kymberly Johnson, customer service manager at Interlachen’s Hitchcock’s Market. “We’ve had lines like crazy.”

As of Wednesday just before noon, Johnson said, the grocery store was running low on water, bread and canned foods — groceries residents are told to stock up on in preparation of the loss of electricity after the storm.

Johnson said the grocery store would remain open throughout the week if it has power.

“As of right now, if our power’s on, we’ll definitely be open,” she said. 

Drivers waited in line for several minutes and rushed to area gas stations during Wednesday’s late-morning rain storm, in hope of filling up on fuel before gas pumps were depleted.

As noon Wednesday, the Sonoco on Reid Street in Palatka still had fuel, and employees said the scene throughout the morning hadn’t been chaotic. 

A Circle K employee in Crescent City also said the gas station had fuel at noon Wednesday, and said the station was prepared for the storm.

The National Hurricane Center website encourages residents to ask themselves, “What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?” 

A basic disaster supply kit recommended by the hurricane center includes:


* One gallon of water per person, per day.

* At least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods.

* Battery-powered or hand crank radio or weather ratio.

* Flashlight and extra batteries.

* First aid kit and any necessary medication.

* A whistle to signal for help.

* Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, plastic sheeting and duct tape.

* Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation. 

* Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. 

* Manual can opener for food. 

* Local maps. 

* Cellphone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.